Pineapple Fried Rice

*There's a video tutorial at the end of this blog post. Pineapple Fried Rice_Vietnamese food_Indiechine-8 In the winter time our favorite part of going to the hotel gym where we work out is to use a very nice sauna there after swimming. About two weeks ago, as we walked out of the swimming pool, I asked my husband if he was going to the sauna. "I did. All day", he said. "I was soaking wet just being in our living room." The heat and humidity in May here is in fact quite brutal, at least it is for us. Locals don't seem to mind though. Yesterday I met up with a Hoi-An native friend and when my arm was about to fall off from fanning myself so hard with a paper fan, she told me that she was longing for summer to come. I almost cried. I hope you're not yet tired of me talking about the weather here. I'm not complaining - just trying to give some context. It's the weather and seasonal food that determines what I cook and eat. Pineapple fried rice_Vietnamese food_Indiechine Pineapple Fried Rice_Vietnamese food_Indiechine-2 Read more

Vietnamese Shrimp & Mango Salad

*There's a video tutorial at the end of this post. ShrimpMangoSalad_LinhNguyen_Indiechineblog_Spring_2015-2 When I was a little girl, my favorite tree in my grandparents' garden was a mango tree in front of their kitchen.  Their kitchen, which looked like a hut, was separate from the house. I remember doing the dishes in the open washing area, looking up at the tree full of green mangoes, wondering when they would be ripe so I could eat them every day, many times a day. I am surprised my skin didn't turn orange with all of the delicious mangoes that I managed to eat in season. ShrimpMangoSalad_LinhNguyen_Indiechineblog_Spring_2015 Read more

Crispy Pan-seared Duck Breast with Honey, Dijon Mustard & Ginger Sauce

*There's a video tutorial at the end of this post. Watermark_Pansearedduckbreast_LinhNguyen_Indiechineblog_Spring_2015-3I've always loved farmer's markets. I find myself staring at fresh produce at farmer's markets more often than at the trendy outfits behind clothing store windows. There's a small farmer's market I adore just a few blocks from my apartment. The sellers there always look so happy and proud, as if they were standing in some kind of food art gallery and presenting their work of art. Watermark_Pansearedduckbreast_LinhNguyen_Indiechineblog_Spring_2015-7 Read more